Jackie Cruz currently stars as “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales” on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed award wining series, “Orange Is the New Black,” a dramedy series based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison. The original series, created by Jenji Kohan and also starring Taylor Shilling, Uzo Aduba and Laura Prepon, recently returned for its fourth season in June 2016.
Cruz, a two-time SAG Award winner, was named one of the “Top Latino Powerhouses under 40” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013, joining such distinguished names as Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Cruz was also recently included on Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015.
Born in New York City, Cruz spent her childhood shuttling between New York, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Miami, and often says that she carries a little piece of each city with her. Raised by her mother and her aunts, Cruz draws from the strength that allowed her to survive a near fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. Cruz overcame brain surgery, a coma and collapsed lung, but remained resolute in her determination not to let anything stand in the way of her dream to become a musician. Recently, Jackie has been inspiring college students around the country with her story and delivered her first TED Talk in the summer of 2015.
Now a popular singer and songwriter, her music career continues to evolve and she is currently working on new material focusing in both English and Spanish.
Jackie currently resides in New York City.